Day 19: Working on Steering the Horse

Today, Markus Bächle will present some exercises that will help you to steer your horse one- and two-handed.

Markus BächleFoto: Stefan Roy

Trainer A EWU/FN
Markus is trainer at and owner of the Flachsberg Ranch in Germany.
“We breed and train horses, focusing on Reining, Trail and the basics. We like to show our prospects in the EWU Jungpferdeprogramm. I want my horses to not only excel in the Reining, but be a great four-legged partner you can enjoy every day.
2016 NRHA Open Reserve Champion NRHA Nord 
2017 Regional Champion and Reserve Champion EWU Lower Saxony / Best Prospect
and Junior Reining 
2018 Regional Champion and Reserve Champion EWU Lower Saxony / Best Prospect 
German Championship Top Ten Finalist with two horses 
Best four-year-old mare Junior Reining 
2019 Regional Champion EWU Lower Saxony Junior Reining, Ranch Riding, Best Prospect, APHA German Champion 
2020 NRHA Limited Open Germany Champion NRW

Markus and his horse Wimpy will present some exercise in order to help you guide your horse. Firstly, Markus uses a cone square and rides his horse in a snaffle bit. “With this exercise, you can check whether your horse reacts properly to your cues when you want to guide it.” Check out the video to see what he means. “The outer rein should push the horse into the next direction. Your inner rein should give your horse the chance to slightly bend into the new direction.” Up next is an exercise where you ride a small circle inside the cones. “I want my horse to react to the outer rein by also responding to the inner rein.”

You can also ride a diagonal within the square. That means he has to ride a real sharp corner to continue. See what Markus does to get an idea what he means. You can also ride a figure eight shape around the cones: “Make sure you maintain the same distance from the cone.” If you are riding a straight line, the horse’s body should be straight. Check out the video to see what Markus means!

You can also do all those exercises one-handed. “This will show you, whether you have prepared the horse properly.” When riding inside the square, the horse should bend to the inside, once the outer rein touches its neck. Once you work outside the square at a lope, you have to make sure, to give even more precise cues. “Don’t get hasty! Ask your horse what to do in a calm manner,” Markus says. You can also do the diagonal at the lope: “It might take some time until you get the horse to land on the exact line of the square, but – practice makes perfect!“


Im heutigen „Türchen“ mit Markus Bächle geht es um das Thema Lenkung, wenn man einhändig reitet.

Markus BächleFoto: Stefan Roy

Trainer A EWU/FN
Trainer und Besitzer der Flachsberg Ranch in Schwanewede seit 2015.
„Hier züchten und bilden wir im Schwerpunkt Reining, Trail, Basis, aber auch Freizeit unsere Jungpferde aus und stellen sie im Rahmen des EWU-Jungpferdeprogramm vor. Meine Pferde sollen in ihrem Reitpferdeleben nicht nur Reining-tauglich sein, sondern auch fernab vom Showring, toll zu reiten sein.“
2016 NRHA Open Reserve Champion NRHA Nord 
2017 Landesmeister und Vize Landesmeister EWU Niedersachsen / Bestes Jungpferd 
und Junior Reining 
2018 Landesmeister und Vize Landesmeister EWU Niedersachsen / Bestes Jungpferde 
DM Top Ten Finalist mit zwei Pferden 
Beste vierjährige Stute Junior Reining 
2019 Landesmeister EWU Niedersachsen/ Junior Reining/ Ranch Riding/Bestes Jungpferde Deutscher Meister APHA 
2020 NRHA Limited Open Germany Champion NRW

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